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Catherine Prendergast

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Catherine Prendergast is Professor of English at the University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign. She is a Guggenheim Fellow for the year 2014-2015, working on her book, Writer, Painter, Banker, Thief.

Contact Information

239 English | MC-718
217-333-2345
cprender@illinois.edu

 

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Education

BA, Columbia University

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

Writing Studies, Disability Studies, Professional Writing

Distinctions/Awards

David H. Russell Award from NCTE (for Literacy and Racial Justice)
Guggenheim Fellow
Mina P. Shaughnessy Award
Braddock Award for outstanding article in College Composition and Communication
CCCC Outstanding Book Award
University Scholar
Fulbright Scholar

Selected Publications

Books

Can I Use I? Because I Hate, Hate, Hate College Writing. Out of Pocket Press, 2015. [Textbook]

Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008.

Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown v. Board of Education. Southern Illinois University Press, 2003.

Book Contributions

"Before #BlackLivesMatter. In Tammie Kennedy, Joyce Middleton, and Krista Radcliffe (Eds.) Rhetorics of Whiteness in a “Post-Racial” Era." Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017.

Mental Disability and Rhetoricity Retold: The Memoir on Drugs." In David Bolt (Ed.) Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies. New York: Routledge, 2015: 60-68.

"The Unexceptional Schizophrenic: A Post-postmodern Introduction." Disability Studies Reader. Routledge, 2013.

"In Praise of Incomprehension." Cross Language Relations in Composition Studies. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2010.

"The Economy of Literacy: How the Supreme Court Stalled the Civil Rights Movement." [Reprint] in Legacies of Brown: Multiracial Equity in American Education. (Eds.) Dorinda J. Carter, Stella M. Flores, and Richard J. Reddick. Harvard Education Publishing Group, 2004.

Journal Articles

"Mental Disability and Rhetoricity Retold: The Memoir on Drugs." In David Bolt (Ed.) Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies. New York: Routledge, 2015: 60-68.

"Reinventing the University: EUI as Writing Initiative." Learning and Teaching v. 6 n. 3, Winter 2013, pp. 79-88(10).

"Or You Don't: Talents, Tendencies, and the Pooka of Literacy." Enculturation. 2013.

"Writing and Learning in View of the Lab: Why "They" Might Be Right." Journal of Literacy in Composition Studies. 2013.

"Murderabilia Inc: How the First Amendment Fails Academic Freedom" (With Samuel P. Nelson). South Atlantic Quarterly, v. 108 n. 4, 2009.

The Ethos of Paper: Here and There. (With Roman Ličko). JAC, v. 29 n. 1–2, 2009.

"The Fighting Style: Reading the Unabomber's Strunk and White." College English, v. 72 n. 1, 2009: 10-28.

Murderabilia Inc.: Where the First Amendment Fails Academic Freedom (With Samuel P. Nelson). South Atlantic Quarterly v. 108 n. 4, 2009: 667-688.

"And Now, A Necessarily Pathetic Response." American Literary History v. 20 n.1-2, 2008: 238-244.

The Unexceptional Schizophrenic: A Post-postmodern Introduction. Journal of Literary Disability, v. 2 n. 1, 2008.

"We Live and Learn: English and Ambivalence in a New Capitalist State." Globalisation, Societies, and Education, v.6, n. 1, 2008: 89-100.

"Alma Mater: College, Kinship, and the Pursuit of Diversity" (With Nancy Abelmann as second author). Social Text, v. 24 n. 1, 2006: 37-53.

"When Whiteness is Visible: The Stories we Tell about Whiteness" (co-author Ira Shor). Rhetoric Review, v. 24 n. 4, 2005: 377-385.

"The Economy of Literacy: How the Supreme Court Stalled the Civil Rights Movement." Harvard Educational Review v. 72 n.2, 2002: 206-229.

Special Issues of a Journal

"There’s No Crying in Disability Studies" (with Elizabeth Donaldson). In Representing Disability and Emotion. Special Issue of the Journal of Literary and Culture Disability Studies, v. 5 n. 2, July 2011.